Environmental Art Grants


This program provides up to $20,000 for projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories.

The Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants (AWAW EAG) program, administered by NYFA, will distribute a total of $250,000 in funding to support environmental art projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories.


The AWAW EAG will support environmental art projects that inspire thought, action, and ethical engagement. Projects should not only point at problems, but aim to engage an environmental issue at some scale. Proposals should illustrate thorough consideration of a project’s ecological and social ethics. Projects that explore interdependence, relationships, and systems through Indigenous and ancestral practices are encouraged to apply.

The intended impact of the project is an important factor in the selection process. Environmental art projects that qualify for this program may focus on the following themes, but are not limited to:

  • Regeneration
  • Eco-social engagement
  • Decarbonization as decolonization
  • Ecofeminism
  • Climate change / climate collapse
  • Systems-restoration
  • Interspecies relationships
  • Natural or built systems
  • Recycling and repurposing
  • Clean energy production
  • Bioplastics

Selected projects must benefit the public in some way, and are required to have a public engagement component by June 30, 2023. The public engagement component must be free to attend, open to the general public, and must add value to the public sphere rather than solely benefiting the artist’s private gain. Online events are acceptable as long as they are attended by a live audience.

This grant is funded by Anonymous Was A Woman. If you would like to contribute to this initiative, please email awaw@nyfa.org.


Applications Open: Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM ET
Applications Close: Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET
Applicants Notified: Tuesday, August 9, 2022



  • Applicants must be women-identifying artists
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older on or before April 12, 2022
  • Applicants must be the project lead, but collaborative projects are eligible and encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must have residence in one of the 50 states, a Tribal Nation, a U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia on the grant deadline
  • Applicants must be a US citizen, permanent legal resident, or O-1 visa holder
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind
  • Applicants can be past recipients of any of NYFA’s and AWAW’s grant programs
  • Recipients of the grant are open to accept additional funds from other donors
  • NYFA and AWAW employees, members of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory Committee, and/or an immediate family member of any of the above cannot apply


NYFA only accepts applications online via apply.nyfa.org/submit.

Please click here to view application guidelines.

Please click here for FAQs.


NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. We strongly encourage artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, artists with disabilities, and artists living outside of the East and West coasts to apply.

To request an accommodation or assistance in applying, please email awaw@nyfa.org. We ask that requests for accommodation be made as soon as possible, preferably two weeks prior to the deadline, to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application on time.

Image: Agnes Denes, Wheatfield – A Confrontation: Battery Park Landfill, Downtown Manhattan – Blue Sky, World Trade Center, 1982. Copyright Agnes Denes, courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.


Lauren Leonard January 19, 2023 - 2:56 pm


I am currently trying to find funding opportunities for woman-led or LGBTQ led eco-art projects. I am currently working on a acoustic ecology project. Do you know if this grant application will open again or if there is someone I could speak with who would have insight into where to find similar opportunities. All the best, Lauren

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council
Southwest Minnesota Arts Council January 20, 2023 - 4:05 pm

Hi Lauren, I would email the contact in the post with questions: awaw@nyfa.org
Good luck!


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